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  • Jan032014

    Prineville family seeks man’s best friend to aid son

    Special dog can help boy with rare case of epilepsy POSTED: 4:00 PM PST January 3, 2013 UPDATED: 10:24 PM PST January 3, 2013  A little boy in Prineville needs help. Stryder…

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  • Sep182013

    Word Finding

    Stryder has been doing so great at school this year! He has been coming home in a great mood and…

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  • Aug222013

    Stryder the Fighter!

    Stryder, my 5 year old son, has a connective tissue disorder, complex partial with intractable epilepsy, and Landuau-Kleffner syndrome (aphasia).…

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  • Jun052013

    Dr. Francomano Phone Consult

    Yesterday I had a phone consult with the leading connective tissue geneticist worldwide-(in fact, Dr. Francomano is leading the New…

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  • Jan052013

    Stryders Story

    Special dog can help boy with rare case of epilepsy

    I wanted to say a quick note on why we chose to go with 4 Paws for Ability instead of other choices in our search for a seizure response dog. I have searched and searched on which was the best way to get a dog for our son and it hasn’t been easy. I began my search a long while back, prior to getting the most current diagnosis of LKS and decided on 4 Paws then. There are a lot of organizations out there that have “Free” dogs or even some where you do not have to fundraise quite as much, but all of them that I found either have a long waitlist (5-15 years), do not place dogs with children and especially not ones that will go to school with the child or they do not have seizure detection. I have got some messages trying to help and then I find myself researching all over again, only to find that 4 Paws is the best avenue for us. Most trained dogs cost in the upwards of $20,000 to raise, so asking for $13,000 is a small price to help Stryder from more brain damage.

    I wanted to site an email I got just recently from our search on a dog:

    “There are several programs that I recommend you consider.  Before I list them I want to talk about money.  If you want the best tool for your son, it is important that you are not looking for a “free” dog.  Most programs will ask you to fundraise a part of the training cost. ”

    Kristin Hartness

    Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids



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